Homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina

This video of homeless man kicked out of McDonald's in South Carolina should make anyone's blood boil. Yossi Gallo was doing the right thing. He saw a homeless man by the McDonald's and decided to buy him lunch. What he got was no Happy Meal. The police arrived before the men even got their food - food bought and paid for by Yossi Gallo. Management decided the homeless man was trespassing and wanted him kicked out of the restaurant.

A meal given to a homeless person.
Copyright: Gayle Crabtree
In the video, you can see an officer politely explaining to the hungry customer that management felt like he was trespassing. You can also see that the homeless man was being kicked out of the McDonald's before he had hardly even unwrapped his food.

Yossi Gallo becomes understandably upset when he sees his act of kindness essentially stolen from the homeless man.  Then unbelievably, the manager decides that Yossi Gallo needs to go and refuses to give him a refund.

The homeless man is in tears by the end of the video. All he hoped for was something to eat. Can you imagine his anguish? Or that of Yossi Gallo who thought he was doing something nice for a guy who is down on his luck?

Copyright Gayle Crabtree
This makes me angry.

YouTube personality Rebel State Soverign was able to sit down for a few minutes to interview Mr. Gallo. You can hear his thoughts of what went down we he too, was kicked out of the McDonald's in South Carolina.

Before you watch the video consider this:

1:7 American's rely on food pantries for basic foods. (USA Today)
500,000 people in the U.S. were homeless in 2015 (Reuters)
23% of the homeless are veterans (U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs)
89% of homeless veterans received an honorable discharge (National Coalition for the Homeless)
63% of homeless women have experienced domestic violence (National Coalition for the Homeless)

Could you be arrested or fined for feeding the homeless?

25 States have at least one city where you can go to jail for giving food to a homeless person. (NPR)

Suggested reading:

What poor people really need in a food pantry box
My encounter with a homeless person at Chick-fil-A
Homeless man returns diamond ring : Lesson for us all


How to monetize a blog or YouTube channel to make money online

You have heard about the YouTube demonetization if you are on any kind of social media platform. The earning threshold has been jacked up to a whopping 4,000 hours of watchtime and 1,000 subscribers! In my opinion, that's a lot to ask. But, stay positive. There are lots of way to monetize that don't have anything to do with a YouTube channel.

The implosions of Associated Content, Yahoo! Contributor Network, Geocities and others taught me to diversify income streams a long time ago. You can do it too. I'll share some of my ideas of how to make money online. Please share yours in the comments below. The list is in alphabetical order.

Here are some of the ways that I make money online. How do you do it? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

Adsense - I know what you're thinking, but relax. I helps on my blog, if not my channel.
Affiliate marketing - Amazon, CJ Junction and others
Amazon - Purchases that you make from my site help me out. My shop is www.amazon.com/shop/gaylecrabtree

Books - In addition to Does God Still Love Me, I've had three books out in the past and retired a couple of them. Another is due out late this spring.

Commission Junction - Affiliate marketing. They are a clearinghouse of sorts for lots of companies.

Etsy - Many of the sales in my Etsy shop come from you guys. 
Ebooks - I've self-published through Lulu in the past and plan to again. You can also publish Ebooks through Amazon Kindle. 

Groupon Partner - I love this site. Not only do I earn when people purchase, but the deals here help people save money.

Lulu - self publishing platform for books and ebooks. They are very straightforward on pricing and terms. I've used them a few times in the past and plan to again.

Motivational Speaking - Did you know that I've given motivation talks in jails, shelters, at ladies conferences and even at the Lincoln Memorial? Get the scoop at Imagine Publicity.

Patreon (Coming soon!)

Sponsorships - blog posts, product reviews on vlogs and sponsored tweets. Email me at gayle@gaylecrabtree.com for more information.
Speaking - Local speaking opportunities, podcasts, Skype calls and everything in between. 

Textbroker (Although not blog monetization, it is a company that I enjoy writing for occasionally. They have always paid on time, which is also nice.)

YouTube - Eventually. For newbies who may be reading this, YouTube will not monetize videos until you have over 1000 subscribers and over 4,000 hours in watch time. youtube.com/gaylecrabtree

Zazzle - I sell photos and other products through my Zazzle store and you can too Crabtree Photography

These are the ways that I make money on my blogs and vlogs. How do you do it? Leave me a comment below.


They are benign!

Good news! Those pesky breast lumps turned out to be benign cysts! I expected/hoped/prayed this would be the case but it's still a relief to have the pathology report. Further good news is that the surgeon was able to remove all of the invaders. (Take that you little monsters!) They won't be bothering me again.

We thought that they would be cysts, but nothing is ever for sure until the biopsy results are back. The real problem is that my family history isn't so benign. My mom had breast cancer and so did a series of aunts and cousins. Many of my relatives have had various types of cancer. So, it didn't really come as a surprise that I would eventually find lumps. However, just because it wasn't a surprise doesn't mean that I wasn't delighted to have the results in hand! I am happy indeed.

So what does this mean? Ladies, it means getting the ta-ta's checked on a regular basis. I will make sure to get the mammograms done on a regular schedule and follow the doctor's advice. It also means celebrating the diagnosis.

So what am I going to do to celebrate?

How about by buying some stuffed animals to help abused or neglected kids? The MLK club at college is collecting them. I think picking up a  could of animals for them is a great way to acerbate. How about you?